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11  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Photo Postcards... on: June 05, 2006 11:45:54 AM
One of my great life passions (which is being neglected lately) is my photography. I recently got the films from my anniversary trip to Ottawa processed and decided to turn them into postcards. I'm really into PostCrossing and there's a major lack of decent cards around here.

The fronts:
http://skyworks.ca/new/postcardsfront.jpg

And the backs:
http://skyworks.ca/new/postcardsback.jpg

I found these great precut pieces of cardstock in black and mixed colours. I then glued on the pictures, printed out locations/copyright info and glued those on that back. I think my grand total for cost for one is 35 cents, including the photo print. No more boring postcards for me!

Thanks for looking!
12  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Repent! on: June 05, 2006 11:37:56 AM
Yep, literally a repent! stencilled T-shirt. My fiance has been asking me to stencil him a repent T for the longest time, and yesterday as a bribe to get him to come shopping/errand running with me I promised to have it done for today.

I keep my promises. Wink

http://skyworks.ca/new/repentshirt.jpg

Apparently he's decided that everyone should repent their various daily sins. A social imperative, I believe he said. Considering the man thinks god doesn't exist, I have no idea what's going on in his head here. But I made it so I'm showing it off!

I'm having issues with the paint lifting while removing the stencil. Should I be letting it dry completely before removing?

Thanks for looking!
13  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Summery Wrap Shirt! on: June 03, 2006 07:19:58 PM
Ive been meaning to post this for a while now, but havent had decent pictures of me wearing it. The pattern is Butterick 4469 and I made view C. The fabric was a thrifted bed sheet from Salvation army. I ended up needing to do a fair bit of tweaking. I did a full bust adjustment, which made the neckline gape something fierce, so I actually added darts from the neckline to the bust; its shaped to the boob. Plus, it moves around more than I like so I added hook and eye fasteners at the neckline and where the top wrap overlaps. Basically I made the tie superfluous.

I am going to make it again, probably view F but in the recommended fabric type and to be worn over a camisole.

Picture time! I got Mike (the fianc) to take some pictures tonight before we headed out for dinner. The first few looked like I was about to be shot serious and really dumb looking. So for the next round I pretended I was on one of the Reitmans ads. (Their new campaign is all about fashionable clothes for everyday life, the ads have these average women doing ridiculous model-type poses to the same soundtrack for all the ads.) So please forgive my armpit...

http://www.skyworks.ca/new/wrapshirtarmpit.jpg

And the shot immediately following, notice the blush of well that was silly of me.

http://www.skyworks.ca/new/wrapshirtfront.jpg

And the back!

http://www.skyworks.ca/new/wrapshirtback.jpg

Thanks for looking! Oh, note my awesome jeans! Smiley
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / from 2XL to a small - t-shirt reconstructed on: May 25, 2006 06:02:59 AM
I recently got Generation T from my library and realized quickly that most of the reconstructs werent in my style. But, but, they would suit my kidlet perfectly. So we sacrificed one of my old T-shirts to the cause and created this:

http://www.skyworks.ca/new/tfront.jpg
Aww, doesn't she look amused to be posing?  Roll Eyes
http://www.skyworks.ca/new/tback.jpg

Originally it was only supposed to be the center row of knots up the back, but that left her with a gaping armhole area. We fixed it up by adding the two side rows, which also made it more fitted.

Thanks for looking!
15  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / I eat plastic... on: May 07, 2006 05:04:12 AM
Since I don't have enough things I make already (to quote my fiance) I decided to try my hand at making stencilled T-Shirts. The first was a bit of a disaster, a wearable disaster but I'm unhappy with it. But in the making of the first I realized what I was doing wrong -- I needed to do a thin first layer and then dry it, THEN do another layer.

So my next one was a froggies T-Shirt for Mike (said fiance) and that worked out well. Then I came up with the brilliant idea of making a shirt for Mike of Travis -- one of our cats. Travis has claimed Mike as his human, so I figured it was fitting. As I was working on the picture of Travis I realized that I needed some text to go with it. So the weird inside joke on the back was born!

Explanation: Travis is a true scaredy cat. When we brought him home from the rescue we didn't *see* him for 2.5 weeks. He hid in absolute terror of us for that time. Got to the point I figured he was going to starve on us. =/ He came out though and now is a talky, demanding cat who lives in abject terror of anyone else outside of us 3. Hence the "and you scare me." He is also a poop-disturber. If he wants attention he will go and find (even from the garbages) pieces of crinkly plastic to chew on. We figure he's going to choke, he gets his attention, a weird "I eat plastic" phrase is born.

Now for the pictures!

The original photo I used:
http://www.skyworks.ca/new/travisorig.jpg

The front of the shirt:
http://www.skyworks.ca/new/travisfront.jpg

And the back:
http://www.skyworks.ca/new/travisback.jpg

Thanks for looking!
16  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / April Showers AND May Flowers (added on page 2) on: May 05, 2006 05:41:08 AM
Once I made the May Flowers bag, I kept thinking about how I'd do an April showers one. I found some baby blue sequins and an idea was born! The exterior is some dark grey wool suiting I found while trolling through stores for fabric, and the lining is this amazing iridescent blue and purple I grabbed from the walmart clearance bin. Onto the pictures!

http://www.skyworks.ca/new/aprilshowersfront.jpg
http://www.skyworks.ca/new/aprilshowersinside.jpg
http://www.skyworks.ca/new/aprilshowersdetail.jpg

Oh, yes, and there's my beginners embroidery stitch outlining the applique. Smiley

Thanks for looking!
17  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / New Swapper Loophole on: April 24, 2006 05:10:46 AM
It appears that I have run afoul of a really frustrating loophole in the new swapper requirements. Specifically #3, If you have never swapped on Craftster before, you can only sign up for ONE swap to start out with. Then when you complete that swap and get Positive Feedback, you can sign up for as many others as you want.

Now, I signed up for the ongoing fabric swap as my first swap because it looked easy, a great way to get my feet wet and well, Im a fabric addict. Figuring that since I obviously couldnt get a positive feedback for an ongoing swap, perhaps Id be allowed to participate in another small one, I asked to join one to both participate and get my positive in a timely manner. After a number of PMs being tossed back and forth its come clear that I really should not have joined an ongoing swap as my first one.

And this is where my frustration and issue comes into effect. Its not made clear that joining an ongoing swap as a new swapper is a bad idea. Neither is it clear that gaining a positive in an ongoing means leaving the swap permanently if its underway. My impressions were that Id join the ongoing fabric swap, swap with someone, get my positive and then continue in the fabric swap and try out other swaps as well. Instead I am faced with leaving and becoming unable to rejoin a swap that I enjoy so that I can fulfill the requirements of being a swapper.

Now, I have no complaint with the new swapper requirements. I think theyre smart and wise, and to paraphrase my fianc, I know I wont flake, but nobody else does. I just feel that theres a loophole between the positive feedback requirement and the ability to join ongoing swaps. Even clarification within the Organized Swaps help page noting that joining an ongoing could be a problem would be helpful. Or perhaps the addition of another feedback option of In Progress - Positive would work as well.

Personally I've decided to stay in the fabric swap, it's where I want to be. But the entire experience of dealing with this loophole has definitely affected my interest in being a swapper in the long term, and as such, I thought it an important issue to raise.

Thanks.
18  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / I should be studying... on: April 07, 2006 12:40:17 PM
So, I have a major exam Monday morning at 9am perfect time to finally get to projects from years ago! About 4 years ago I bought this fabric to make into pillows for my couch. Voila!

http://www.skyworks.ca/new/pillows1.jpg

Another thing on my list for years has been solve coffee table issue. You see, for years weve had this uglyass rigged coffee table, created from my fiancs workbench he made with his father when he was a kid, and the piece of countertop that was cut out to make room for our kitchen sink. Yes, we had a chunk of raggdyass formica countertop as a coffee table.

My solution! Take that same top and cover it with the fabric left over from the pillows and then cover that with a nice thick clear vinyl. I hope my loved ones refrain from killing it tonight.

http://www.skyworks.ca/new/coffeetable.jpg

And finally, todays major distraction from studying finishing the curtains in my daughters room. I put up some sheers a month ago, but they were still a bit too see-through for my liking. Several yards of ribbon later, and we have something Im much happier with! The ribbon colours match her comforter.

Backlit:
http://www.skyworks.ca/new/sbcurtain1.jpg

And with the flash (flash makes everything ugly):
http://www.skyworks.ca/new/sbcurtain2.jpg

Now off to study.  Undecided
19  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Another Vintage Tote & a Scarf Bag on: April 02, 2006 11:19:01 AM
Two new bags to share!

First is the latest in my Vintage Tea Towel collection and the first calendar one:

Do you remember 1972? (I sure dont!)

http://www.skyworks.ca/new/1972front.jpg
http://www.skyworks.ca/new/1972inside1.jpg
http://www.skyworks.ca/new/1972inside2.jpg

I made this bag out of a scarf I found at value village, based on the directions found in a handbag book. Once I remember the name, Ill add the title. I would say though that the directions after a while appeared to be designed to make you *not* want to make the bag, so I tossed them and did what commonsense told me to do.

http://www.skyworks.ca/new/scarffront.jpg
http://www.skyworks.ca/new/scarfside.jpg
http://www.skyworks.ca/new/scarfback.jpg
http://www.skyworks.ca/new/scarfinside.jpg

Hope you enjoy!
20  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Vinyl iPod cases two prototypes on: March 20, 2006 03:30:49 AM
My fianc finally splurged and bought himself an iPod (after talking about it for over a year) a couple months ago. Its already scratched, which horrifies me. So I figured Id see if I could figure out a good holder for it. Im not happy yet, but here are my first few tries:

Prototype 1:

A box style, with external stitching, holes for the bottom cord and the headphones, with the front clear vinyl area designed to fold in behind the iPod to add more protection.
Problems: Too loose, the clear vinyl sticks like a vacuum seal to the back of the iPod when tucked in, the fabric side of the vinyl is visible and the flap likes to flop everywhere. Oh and the silkscreen evil frog came out like crap. *laughs*

http://www.skyworks.ca/new/pt1inside.jpg
http://www.skyworks.ca/new/pt1outside.jpg
http://www.skyworks.ca/new/pt1bottom.jpg

Prototype 2:

Sleeve style, external stitching, and hole for the headphones. The part that folds behind the iPod is now in black vinyl, and no longer sticks. Evil Frog silkscreen still crappy, but rescued with a sharpie.
Problems: Too tight, the clear area is tearing on use, floppy flap and *sobs* evil silkscreen still bleeding.

http://www.skyworks.ca/new/pt2inside.jpg
http://www.skyworks.ca/new/pt2outside.jpg

Next up I may go back to the box style and try to clean it up, or figure out a way to loosen the sleeve and reinforce the clear section. And someday get that evil frog to look right.  Smiley  
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